About William Hillyard

William Hillyard on a Wonder Valley Satellite Phone--photo by Preston Drake-Hillyard William Hillyard writes what he calls “human disinterest stories,” stories about people and places that don’t register a blip on the mainstream radar.  His subjects have included immigrant day laborers, Tijuana hookers, illegal aliens, and rural poverty.  He is currently working on a collection of literary nonfiction stories set in Wonder Valley, a nowhere corner of the Mojave Desert.

William Hillyard has a B.A. in Literary Journalism from UC Irvine and has published stories in the Denver Voice, Earth Island Journal, the Orange Coast Review, and the literary journal Kiosk.  In addition, he contributes news and feature journalism to AOL’s start-up Patch.com.  His Denver Voice story “Pichoneros” was a finalist for the NASNA Best Feature award.  The first story in his series, entitles “Wonder Valley,” was listed “Notable Nonrequired Reading” in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010. He lives in Orange County, California.

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William Hillyard


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marvin Wingett
    Sep 30, 2010 @ 22:39:10

    Your writing has always been a source of wonder for me. You have an amazing gift that I have enjoyed for 27 years or so, from the amazing dispatches of your sailing odyssey in the South Pacific and the hilarious yet heartfelt tribute you wrote for my mother’s memorial, to your latest works on migrant workers, social issues, the real Tijuana, and most recently, the Wonder Valley series. I look forward to more pieces.

    Like white flags of toilet paper waving surrender from desiccated clumps of human shit, I salute you!



  2. David
    Oct 15, 2010 @ 18:26:12

    Hi William, I came across your work last night, purely by chance and have found it to be very appealing to me. I currently spend any free time I can find improving my scriptwriting and have been working on a piece set in Tijuana. As an 18-year-old Englishman, it is hard to understand what the place is really like, and more importantly, what it WAS like. ‘Imagining Tijuana’ has been more help than any review I could find, so thank you.


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